Sunday, 13 December 2015

Raspberry Pi Communication Via LASER

[Nick Touran] wanted to make two Raspberry Pi’s communicate wirelessly. There are lots of options, but [Nick] used a LASER and a photoresistor, along with Morse code. If you don’t find Morse code fancy enough, you could always refer to it as OOK (on/off keying). The circuit uses a common LASER module and an ordinary photoresistor that varies in resistance based on light. A resistor forms a voltage divider with the photoresistor and an external A/D reads the resulting voltage.

The circuit works, but we couldn’t help but notice a few items. Not all photoresistors are as sensitive to the same light wavelengths, so for the maximum range you’d want to pick a particular photoresistor.  While the analog to digital converter is certainly workable, we couldn’t help but wonder if you couldn’t set up the divider to use the inherent threshold of the Raspberry Pi’s input pins for a simpler circuit. Of course, if you used the same technique with an Arduino, you could use the built-in A/D converter, and the A/D converter is probably easier to get working.

The prototype only uses one Pi that talks to itself, but if you had two, they could talk to each other using this scheme. The software uses some previous code [Nick] wrote to generate the code and looks to be easy to work with and modify.

Communicating with light isn’t a new idea. Bell had the Photophone, and we’ve covered LASER communications before. And just yesterday we ran a post on LiFi, which attempts to replace WiFi with light.

Filed under: laser hacks, Raspberry Pi

from Hackaday » raspberry pi
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